Office of Economic Vitality Launches Amazon Pre-Hiring Information Sessions

Office of Economic Vitality Launches Amazon Pre-Hiring Information Sessions

The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) announced the launch of a series of Amazon Pre-Hiring ‘Information Sessions’ aimed at providing valuable insights and resources to job seekers in our community. 

These information sessions will serve as a valuable platform for individuals interested in joining Amazon’s dynamic workforce. The sessions will offer an overview of the available job positions, qualifications, application process, and overall work environment at Amazon. It is important to note that this event is for informational purposes and will not include a walkthrough of the application or interview sessions. 

The series will kick off on Tuesday, June 27 at 11:00 AM, with an engaging and interactive event at the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library located at 2817 S. Adams Street. Attendees will hear from Amazon representatives, learn about the company’s culture, explore available career paths, and participate in a Q&A session.  

OEV recognizes the significance of Amazon’s presence in our region, and we are dedicated to ensuring that local talent has access to the opportunities created by this global e-commerce giant. 

“Over 1,000 full-time job opportunities, with a competitive starting rate of $16 an hour, will be released in the following months to staff the new Amazon facility in Tallahassee,” stated Keith Bowers, Director of the Office of Economic Vitality. “These sessions present an invaluable opportunity for job seekers to glean insights from Amazon representatives, enabling them to successfully navigate the hiring process and increase their chances of securing these highly rewarding positions.” 

These sessions are open to individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels interested in exploring careers at Amazon. OEV encourages all job seekers to attend and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

13 Responses to "Office of Economic Vitality Launches Amazon Pre-Hiring Information Sessions"

  1. Amazon will start hiring illegal aliens if they are unable to fill these positions. The US government already pays the shipping costs of all Amazon packages (and you wonder why they are less expensive than everyone else).

  2. I remember the calls and cries to raise the minimum wage to $15 an-hour so people could feed their kids and pay their rent. Now $16 an-hour is scoffed at… lmao… Welcome to the domino affect of ignorance brought into the light of reality.

    When you raise the minimum wage, everything else goes up too, including the price of the goods and services to the end user… ergo, your standard of living does not change. You gain nothing. But the calls and cries will continue… and so will the domino affect of ignorance.

    “Always More; Never Enough”

  3. There are a lot of DINK (dual income, no kids) families out there. With two working adults and no kids, two $16/hour jobs would provide a comfortable life for the two until one (or both) can move on to a career type job.

    It’s always a concern when people mention “education” when discussing employment. Yes, everyone needs to be educated. But the so-call higher education in this country is a sham. ELHI is doing such a bad job of educating our children that they see nothing wrong with borrowing enough money to buy a house with the expectation that 4 years from now they’ll be able to get a job teaching or other discipline that pays less than an average salary. That’s a special kind of foolish.

  4. @David T. Hawkins You are exactly right. These are not career positions that one should be trying to raise a family on. These should be positions one uses to finance the development of a skill. If $32K a year is not enough for someone to live on, they should be finding something that they can do that someone will pay them more to do. When I found that I wasn’t making enough money to raise my family, I tightened my belt and went back to school and got a Master’s Degree. Now I make plenty and can get whatever job I want.

    I tell people to take some responsibility and work for what you want. One usually ends up better off than living with just the handouts and they feel better about themselves for having accomplished something worth doing.

  5. People who never take the time to get an education in a marketable field of study, or learn a trade or develop a specialized talent will have to be content getting moderate-paying “jobs.”

    Those who are ambitious and pursue an education, trade or talent may have the opportunity to develop a lifelong higher-paying “career.”

    Too many people these days think they can just get a job and will be able to enjoy the finer things in life that they see people with careers enjoying. Oh, if it was only that simple. A $16/hour job is just not going to get you there. Sorry.

  6. @ A Skeptic & Working Class Joe = You are both right. Warehouse Jobs filling Orders are NOT Career type Jobs, they are what I call Second Jobs. First Jobs are a Fast Food, Publix, Clean Up Person at Construction Sites type Jobs. Second Jobs are Warehouse filling Orders, Mechanic at a Gas Station type Jobs. Third Jobs are Career Jobs. Some People are lucky enough to go straight to Second or Third Jobs right away. I wont even bring up the Forth, Fifth or Sixth Job categories. For someone in their Teens or 20’s, $16 an hour is very good money. Amazon Fullfillment Center Jobs are mainly for Young People still living at Home or with Roommates or Retired People looking to earn a little extra income.

  7. Amazon is well known to have attrition rates > 100%, *especially* in warehouse roles. I don’t know where they think they are going to be able to endlessly refill 1,000 positions in Tallahassee for $16/hour; we are already relatively low unemployment and people can make nearly that much without being asked to schedule their bathroom breaks or whatever other dystopian management algorithm Amazon has in place.

  8. $16/hr equals approx. $32K per year. Benefits, vacation and education for someone to start at will little education or work experience is pretty good in this town. Compare that to a recent job posting at TCC for a part time librarian requiring a Masters and they get $17/hr for 20 hours max. The median income at Leon Schools is $35K.
    Not everyone wants a $300K house or live in the city.
    Some people, believe it or not, just want to put food on the table and work to a better future with a company that offers growth opportunity for hard work.
    1000 new jobs were brought to this area. Jobs for hard working people.
    It should be celebrated and supported.

  9. Nobody gets rich working for someone else, especially with entry level jobs. $16/hour to start outpaces Walmart, Publix, Circle K, Gate, Wendy’s, Hardee’s, and most other places in town. That $16 will provide a step up from their current salary for a thousand people. It’s certainly not a career, but it is a step.

    The saddest part isn’t Amazon paying “only” $16/hour, it’s that most of those thousand people would rather work in that environment than go out and join the trades as a roofer, plumber, carpenter, welder, etc. and start with a 50-100% raise.

  10. This does seem like a PR piece and I agree the pay seems low, especially if you want to convince potential quality employees to consider leaving their current jobs.

    I would like to see more native flowers and trees at the site. Also, perhaps, paint eye-appealing murals on the large exterior tanks and building walls? Although, even if you paint a floating turdle it is still a floating turdle…

  11. My question is: Did the City add Amazon to their Bus Route yet? That has been a huge topic ever since we all learned that Amazon was coming to Tallahassee.

  12. I’m glad to have Amazon in our community but $16.00 an hour is nothing to celebrate. With the average home price in Leon County around $300,000.00 and average rental rates around $1600.00, I do not how you afford to live in Leon Co. working there.

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